Skins Draft Target: Jon Alston

Among the outside linebacker prospects that are rumored to be on the Redskins draft day radar screen is Stanford's Jon Alston. A fifth-year senior, Alston has the right combination of smarts, word ethic and athletic ability to be a good fit on the Redskins defense.

At the NFL scouting combine, he clocked the fastest time in the 40 of all of the linebacker prospects present with a 4.43 time. In fact, his overall athletic ability is such that some teams are looking at him as a safety in the NFL.

Another area where the Redskins could take advantage of his speed is on special teams. As you can hear him say in the audio of our interview with him he played every possible special team at Stanford. This would be a great ticket to get him on the field while he learned Gregg Williams' defensive schemes.

Jon Alston

Alston is projected to be a late second or early third round selection, so he is right in the Redskins' wheelhouse with their initial selection, #53 overall.

Audio of interview with Alston

Jon Alston Nitty Gritty
School: Stanford
Pos: OLB
Ht: 6-1
Wt: 223
40: 4.52
Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 52/9.5/6.5 as a senior. Junior numbers included 62/14/10 when he was an All-Conference selection.

Pos: Explosive linebacker outstanding in pursuit. Fast in every direction, quickly closes on the play and flashes on the scene. Holds his ground against blocks, can pedal in reverse and gets depth on drops.

Neg: Not an instinctive or decisive defender. Takes a lot of missteps or incorrect angles to the action. Does not always play under control.
Analysis: A hard-working defender constantly flying around the action, Alston is a one-gap linebacker who should be an asset on special-teams.

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